lusikka (7793) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 28, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
355 ml bottle. Pours a pitch black colour with a beige head. Aroma of roastiness, caramel sweetness, vanilla and strong bourbon notes. Rich flavour of roastiness, alcohol, sweet bourbon, some vanilla notes, mild earthiness, tart wooden notes and molasses. Full bodied. Alcohol warms very nicely. The bourbon notes are very smooth and soothing.
radagast83 (7654) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - JUN 9, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled at SAVOR from a bottle. Poured a pitch black color like oil, not a lot of head - wispy beige. Aroma was molasses, heavy boozy. Flavor was molasses, touch of vanilla, some sugar, bourbon. Interesting, but so freaking boozy and hot. I barely enjoyed the amount I had.
bytemesis (7610) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - AUG 8, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle - batch #1 - thanks newcigarz! Pours opaque black with a small deep brown head that dissipates fairly quickly with a bit of lacing. Aroma is surprisingly light - notes of bourbon, chocolate, deep roasted malts, wood, dates. Flavor is medium sweet and light bitter with strong bourbon notes and a touch of licorice. Light astringence is apparent from the time spent in wood. Full body, creamy mouthfeel and strongly warming, not surprising given the ABV. This is a nice beer. Cant wait to try B2!
Ernest (7517) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 9, 2015
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle (Batch 4, Feb 2015 bottling).
Head is initially small, frothy, brown, mostly lasting.
Body is opaque black (flashlight tested).
Aroma is moderately malty (chocolate syrup, roasted grain, caramel), with notes of raw wood, vanilla, alcohol, whiskey/bourbon.
Flavor is harshly sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Full body, syrupy texture, soft/lively carbonation, harshly alcoholic.
I can name that tune in...3 notes; sugar, alcohol, and raw wood. I hate to be flippant, but thatís what this beer is about. Yeah, thereís some of the usual choco-vanilla-roast in here too, which virtually all stouts offer, and ample bourbon scent as well (although milder than expected)...but the main feature here is really the unbelievable syrupy sweetness and the painfully burning finish. So harsh on both counts it literally makes my eyes water to take a sip, and very nearly a gag reflex occurs. It doesnít smell bad, mind you, itís just very simple. And I did spend a lot of time with the nose, despite instantly disliking the drinking experience...I kept hoping it would unfold new aromatic treasures as it warmed, but it never did. But letís be honest...like The Bruery, Avery LOVES sugar and alcohol. Thatís pretty much what defines the brewery anymore, if you were to peg them on one particular trait. They almost seem to try to get as much residual sugar as is physically possible in all their big brews, and this is surely one of their crown achievements in that regard...it is almost exactly like taking a big spoonful of granulated cane sugar and putting it in your mouth, no exaggeration; it really is that sweet. And hardly anything to balance other than the massive throat burn. Pretty much undrinkable. But hey...first pour opacity and a lasting head...every cloud has a silver lining!
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 30, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottled on 3/27/12. Poured highly-viscous near-black with a very short-lived, nearly as dark head. The aroma picked up a giant dose of maple, molasses, and rich, sweet bourbon upfront, with layers of vanilla, cocoa, and star anise not far behind.. some black pepper and bourbonny alcohol around the edges, but nowhere near 17% worth.. burned the eyes a little. The flavor opened with tangy, tasty bourbon and oak notes, with a thick wash of aged maple, vanilla, and fudge-like malts following.. spicy, earth and peppery bourbon surrounded and complemented the base beer very well.. picked up some bourbon heat in the nose and belly on the very long, decadently-malty finish.. this was awesome! Heavy-bodied with low carbonation on the palate.. tanginess from the barrel kept it from being cloying.. this was a colossal beer paired with a robust barrel presence, and thankfully it all found balance.
JaBier (7424) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAY 25, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by a friend. Darkest brown pour with a thick tan head. Aroma of bourbon, alcohol, chocolate and roast. Boozy flavor with chocolate and roast before a bourbon finish. Bourbon is the most prevalent character in both the nose and the flavor, but at least the beer is big enough to stand up to the barrel and throw off its own characteristics. Certainly not barrel-aged coca-cola like a lot of attempts from other breweries that arenít as experienced with barrel-aging.
jackl (7355) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 11, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Thanks to Seth (I think) for the pour. Whatís up with Avery and these high ABV monsters? Somethingís in the water in Colorado I suspect. The pourís deep brown with a tiny head. Oily appearance. The aromaís of sweet banana bread, bruised banana, rich chocolate cake, smooth caramelised apples. The taste is more chocolate cake, bitter cocoa. Syrupy toffee rich malts. Robust, full flavors. Hints of wood and vanilla. Some raisin. The bodyís thick, oily, and intimidating. Still, considering the massive ABV, this isnít that tough to drink. Overall, a pretty decent sipper!
Sledutah (7240) - Utah, USA - MAY 22, 2016
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle generously shared by slowrunner77, thanks
Pours black with a small tan head, some lacing. Aroma of dark malts, vanilla, leather, bourbon and oak. Flavors are bourbon, woody, dark malts, vanilla and some hot alcohols
Wow, a great beer.
drfabulous (7225) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAY 18, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 ounce thanks to ssteigerwald. Big chocolate rich stout. So creamy. So boozy but in a good way; in no way over the top. The bourbon is in your nose and taste. So tasty. This is extremely good.
AndySnow (7222) - Huddinge, SWEDEN - DEC 19, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance: Black colour with a tan head.
Aroma: Chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, liquorice, raisin, caramel.
Body: Full body, low carbonation.
Flavour: Roasted malt, chocolate, liquorice, alcohol, dried fruit, caramel, raisin.